Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde by Théo Caron (France Photo Spot)

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Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde - Photo by Théo Caron

Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a beautiful stone chapel with a stunning backdrop looking out over the white cliffs of Étretat. The church’s nave is shaped like a ship’s hull, acknowledging the sailors who used the church.  Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde is a stone church built in the neo-gothic style with a slate roof adorned with gargoyles in the form of fish heads.

Initially built in 1854-1856, the construction of Notre-Dame-de-la-Garde took place after a mission by Reverend Father Michel.  Legend suggests local sailors constructed the church by hauling the rocks and timber materials on their backs up to the location.

In 1942 the church was destroyed by the German occupiers but resurrected again in 1950 when it was renamed “Notre Dame de la Garde.” (Étretat, France)

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